Why your dream can come true in 2016..!


The Reason Why Your Dream Will Come True…
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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

-Anatole France

If you are wondering what your purpose in life is, there is a chance that it is connected to your gift or passion. What are you gifted in doing? Or, what are you passionate about? Often times, it is our gift and passion that is connected to our destiny.

After you have discovered what your gift is or what you are passionate about, it is important to recognize that no matter what happens during your pursuit to success, your dream is possible. Your goal can be accomplished

So many people are living and dying with potential, never living the life they were created to live. Never doing what God gave them the ability to do. We must know that whatever we have gone thru has been preparation and sooner or later it will be go time! We have to stay focused on Christ, so we don’t miss our set time.

The reason so many people are not living out their dreams is because they are living under negativity. They may have been told they can’t do it, its not possible, they’ll never be somebody and that they should be more practical. However, they still have a flame burning on the inside. And no matter how much negativity is covering it, its still there. But today, I want to let you know, that your dream is possible! Not because a human being says it is, but because God says it is possible.
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Whatever dream or goals that you have can be fulfilled, regardless of what other people think. It only matters what you think.. That you believe its possible. Knowing, that with God all things are possible!

Mark 9:23 says,
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (NKJV).

Believe it!
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Past Presents Future


Past Presents Future

It’s been four months since I last heard your voice

I’ve been coping so well, I thought I was over you

Until I was backed into a corner, where there was no avoiding

Memories of you, of us

Of who we were, what we had

Of what we could have been

I had to give you up as if you were a sin

For a year, I came to know you like the back of my hand

Today, it’s as if I fell in love with a stranger

Just another grain, now lost in the sand

My greatest fear is never finding something like what we had

Something so significant

Made up of all the little things

Things,  that made us who we were

Are things, that I loss

And I find myself, desperately searching for those same things

In other relationships

Constantly reflecting back to us

Constantly hoping to replicate an identical “us”

That’s what we called ourselves, “us”

And the truth is, I should stop the search

I should stop comparing

Cuase as daring as it may seem, reality is

There was only one, “us,” there can never be another

I wonder if it was real

If we, were real

“Us” was my reality, our reality

But it faded so quickly

How does something so amazing cease to exist so quickly?

It doesn’t

You may be gone

We may have died

But in my heart

You’re still alive

We, are still thriving

Going strong, never skipping a beat

We are complete…

I fear I will never be complete

Without you in my life

I loss the puzzle piece

I didn’t have a duplicate made

There is no back up

It seems, life would be much easier

If I could just back up

Into our past

Relive our past in the present

And pray to God we had a future just as good, if not better

But the reality is that it will never

So now what?

Simply holding onto memories of what used to be

Is like being locked in prison, longing to be free

Moving on is like wishful thinking

I keep thinking and thinking….

The more I think, the less I’m living

Just to hear your voice, your laughter, one more time

Just to see your smile, one more time

Just to feel your touch, one more time

One more time…

Wouldn’t be enough

No, it wouldn’t be enough

But like a malnourished soul

I would be eternally grateful.

Everyone knows that breakups can be challenging. Especially, when you lose the very one you thought you’d spend the rest of your life with. I lost my boyfriend, my fiance, my best friend, and my brother, all in one, at once. It happened unexpectedly. The relationship that I’d invested so much time, energy and love into, abruptly came to an end. All of a sudden, I had to trade in my fairy tale for reality. And sometimes, reality is just butt ugly and sucks.

We broke up on my birthday. And for about four, long weeks, I felt as if I was living in hell. My vision was so clouded, I couldn’t see past my pain. I was grieving over a lost friend, lover and brother. I tried to bury myself in prayer, but half the time, I never knew what to say. I was feeling some type of way that wasn’t healthy and I just wanted it to end. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to feel the same way I felt about him, about anyone else ever again. All I could think was, why me God, why me? Why did you allow me to go so far far into a relationship, that seemed so right and too good to be true, only to pull the rug from under my feet. It took me forever to accept that what I had could actually be real. And when I finally did, it all came crashing down.

After a month went by, I finally began to start feeling like my old self. Only, with a part of me, missing. I began to adjust to my old reality and got back into my daily routine. It was the most difficult thing, because I felt as if a part of me had died, was still attached to my body, and I was left to carry the dead weight right along with me as I continued on living. Somehow, I made it from there, to here.

Here, is a place of peace and hope. God led me here. Honestly, if God hadn’t rescued me, I’d probably have done something stupid and crazy. Not only did God guard my heart, but he protected my mind. When I felt as if I’d lost everything, he helped me realize that I hadn’t. To this day, I have no idea why things had to end the way they did. But I do know that God was with me before, during and here after. And whatever is to come, I know he’ll be with me then.

All those tears and sleepless nights are gone. I am able to carry on. I may never understand why I had to go through this. But I know that someday, it will all work together for my good.

Romans 8:28 says, 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV). 

What the Funk??!!


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One morning, I woke up, and was like… ‘What the funk is goin’ on here!’

Little did I know, that I was embarking upon a lousy journey of funkiness.

It began on a Monday! Of course, you know how much us “non-morning people” love Mondays’… And, it didn’t end until the next Monday of the following week. 1 week.. 7 long days of FUNK. All day, Err’day,  I was like.. What the funk!!

Soo.. Here’s how I got out of my funk.

1. ME TIME.

First things first, I took time out for myself.  Don’t consider it selfish to take time out for yourself among other things. To achieve that “perfect balance” in life, sometimes you have to do things a little differently. For me, that meant, setting aside everything else, and putting ME first.

2. DON’T THINK. JUST DO YOU.

small__222403868Do you ever over think things? I know I do. Sometimes, I get so focused on my agenda, that I forget to be myself.. I mean, the laid back, easy-going, go with the flow version of myself. Sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m doing, that I forget to.. Breathe? Okay, maybe not that caught up, but you know what I mean! For some it’s a challenge, but for me, it’s easy to focus on the details of things, that I forget to look at the big picture. The big picture is a masterpiece, which is well on its way to being complete. That means, that I don’t have to obsess over it. Especially, over things that are pretty much out of my control. So instead of thinking twice about every little thing, I will just do me. I will do what comes natural to me. That will immediately eliminate excess anxiety and worry.

3. TRY SOMETHING NEW.

small__9787795344Push fear aside and step outside your comfort zone. This is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Why? Because you will appreciate the experience even more! Not only should you try something new, but you should enjoy the little things. I know it sounds silly, but you should try to find the beauty in the small things.. Like, the smell of the rain. Or the warmth of your bed on cold mornings.. Things that you know you enjoy, but never really think twice about. Take hold of those things. Embrace them. Those are the things that will get you through the rough patch of funkiness. Despite how negative you may feel, you still have something worth smiling and laughing about! You may just have to work a little harder to find it right now, and that’s okay. We all must go through.. the funk.

4. STAY ACTIVE.

Stay active. Don’t sit and wallow like and bump on a log. Get up, get out, socialize and keep yourself energized. It’s perfectly fine, to have a movie night.. To curl up under the sheets, with hot coco, watching Love Jones, but don’t do that all day everyday just because you’re in a funk. Make sure you keep a healthy balance. Get out, and stay active. Got to the gym, go jogging, do yoga, whatever floats your boat! As long as you do something that’ll make you feel alive, get the blood flowing through your veins, get your heart pumping.. Just stay active. Here’s the catch: Try doing it by yourself. Spend some quality time with “You, Yourself & I.” Then when your out of the funk.. Make it a point to meet new people! 

5. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE.

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Take out time, everyday, to reflect on all the good things that have happened in your life. All the goals you have achieved, all the people you have met that have influenced your life in a positive way, everything that you are blessed to have, all the places you have gone.. Anything and everything positive that you can think of, focus on it. Doubt, worry, and negative thoughts may come to your mind.. That’s life. It happens. However, we each have ‘freedom of choice’ to choose what we allow our minds to meditate on. You have the power to make the conscious decision to think on positive things or negative things. It’s your choice. So choose, to focus on the positive!

 

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6. WAIT IT OUT.

Relax. Have patience. The funk you’re in, it won’t last forever. It may seem like it’s never-ending, but I assure you, you will literally, wake up one morning, and feel like a brand new person. At least, I did. BUT! You have to make up your mind from the very beginning, that you are going to come out of this funk you are in. You can’t wallow within it, and throw a pity party every night! Embrace the funk, and realize that it’s probably just your’ bodies way of saying, ‘Hey You! Yessss… You! Stop neglecting yourself and focus on you! Your due for a little “me” time.’  Allow your self to re-generate, physically, mentally and emotionally. Often times, we get so use to running here and running there and being constantly on the go, that we don’t realize our social lives can be draining us into a dry pit. Relax. Have patience. Wait it out. It won’t last forever.

True Happiness


True Happiness is.. to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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How do you define happiness? Where do you find your happiness? In people, places, things.. Or just in the simple fact that you are alive? Just a thought.

All week long, my vision has been blurred. I could not see clearly. See what clearly? Your probably asking.. Well, I failed to recognize the root of all happiness. They say that money is the root of all evil. If this is true, then you can’t possibly find true happiness there. So where does true happiness come from? Cause let’s face it, anything and everything can put a smile on your face, and make your day. But, what is the definition of true happiness.

If you take a look at the quote above, you’ll see that Lucioius Annaeus Seneca (Philosopher) defines true happiness as enjoying the present moment…right now. And.. not being anxious about the future.

Anxious – Experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness.

So lets take his word for it. If that is the meaning of true happiness, then that means that in order to attain true happiness we have to do the following: 1) We cannot dwell on past mistakes, but we must cherish the present moment, appreciating all that we have. 2) We cannot waste our time and energy, worrying about things that we cannot yet control. In other words, we have to live and let live. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Embrace who you are, where you are and what you are going through. Easier said than done.. However, that is just the beginning. Truth is, Seneca gave us an earthly definition of true happiness. We can live our lives, striving to be successful and to have the best of the best, but at the end of the day, true happiness will always begin and end with God.

God, is the source of true happiness. True happiness can only be found in him and in him alone. I’m 20 years old, and it’s taken me this long to figure that out. As I mentioned earlier, I have had blurred vision, metaphorically speaking. For the past few weeks, I have been preparing to go back to school. I met with my academic advisers to get my financial aid and course schedule all worked out. Things appeared to be working out great until.. it didn’t. Things began to go downhill, and I became anxious. Just when I thought I could sit back and enjoy the rest of my summer, things began to arise that put me in a place of uncertainty. It seemed that things were falling out of place left and right. First I lost all my scholarships, then there was conflict between my class and work schedule. It was beginning to look like I’d have to sacrifice the one thing I didn’t want to give up, in order to straighten things out. The number one thing, it looked like I was going to have to give up, was where I was placing all my happiness… If I didn’t have it, then I wouldn’t be satisfied.

Finally, I had to sit before God and totally surrender my will to his. Sure, I’d prayed about the situation a few times before, but I hadn’t truly surrendered. I was still holding onto what I thought would keep me happy all year long. The time came when I couldn’t go no further. I went to God in praise and worship, repentance and then I made my request known. I was fretful, but I surrendered, and said “Not my will, but thine will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.” I told God that I would trust him with my life, because he knows whats best for me. I prayed in his word and stepped out on faith. And that is when my circumstance began to change.

Time was running out. I needed to get in contact with my academic adviser asap, to have changes made to my class schedule.. again! I kept trying, but I couldn’t get through. After my prayer, it came to me to just go up to my school. I knew I’d have to make an appointment and it’d be another couple of days before I could meet with my adviser. But, in my prayer, I’d thanked God for making a way out of no way. And let me tell you, I went up to the school and God blessed that I was able to meet with my adviser two hours later, that same day! As my adviser and I discussed my schedule changes, I looked down at her desk.. And there were three scriptures. I glanced over two of them, but the third one… Well, this is what it said:

Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

I couldn’t believe I was reading that scripture, right then, in that moment… With the words, “Do not be anxious about anything…” in black, bold letters. Cause God knows, for almost 3 days, I was as anxious as could be. I didn’t know how things were going to work out.. But God knew what was best for me. And he knows what’s best for you.

Prayer works. That’s something, you don’t ever have to worry about. Nonetheless.. Don’t just drop your heavy load on God, but use the formula, found in Philippians 4:6. Come before God in praise and thanksgiving, magnify him for who he is and what he has already done. Come to him in repentance. Ask him to strengthen you and help you in all your weaknesses. Then, make your request known. Surrender your will to his plan. Trust him with the issues of your heart. Except that, his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts and that is timing, is not our timing. He knows what is best, because he holds our futures in his hands. Lastly, just thank him and look for it! Expect it.

I found my happiness in God. I found comfort in his word. It’s amazing to know that we don’t have to be anxious about anything, ever! I mean, we’re only human, so it’s going to happen sometimes. But, just to know that God is always looking out for us and is willing to help us win battles that have already been won…Aaahhmazing! We have the victory in Jesus. Our true happiness is found in him.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your prayers upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

She Got a Hug, I Got a Handshake..


 

Some things never change. Some people never change. But my attitude will change.

– Floetic Soul 

medium_2843772252Not only can situations be stumbling blocks in our lives, but so can people. Some people are placed in our lives, simply to challenge us. God wants to prove us to be steadfast and unmovable in our trials. Trials don’t come to break us down, they come to make us stronger. But we will find ourselves going in circles, struggling with the same ol’ things if we do not give up our attitude.

I know what  your probably thinking.. ‘We all have an attitude,’ agreed. However, our attitude has got to be in check. It’s got to be right, if we want to move right on ahead. We will find our selves stuck, trying to climb over the same hurdles, when all we have to do is jump over the hurdle. Give up the attitude. Give up the negativity. Focus on something positive. Count it a blessing that God considered you worthy, he considered you strong enough to handle whatever it is that you are going through.

Today, ‘I got a handshake, she got a hug,’ and yes, I am referring to “him.” I found myself, momentarily disappointed with the situation that I was in. I wasn’t so much as angry with the person, but with the fact that I realized this situation is not going to change… However, my attitude will. And that is what will get me leaping over this hurdle. As I write this blog, I am mentally embracing this challenge head on. I was chosen by God to go through this. He knew I could handle this, so long as I trust in him.

See, too many people are trying to depend on themselves and other people. All we got to do is depend on God. He will not only strengthen us and help us, but he will be our strength, he will be our help. Our help is in the name of the Lord which made heaven and earth (Psalms 124:8, KJV).

What I am going through seems unfair. It seems as if it is never-ending. I wonder if the tables will ever turn… I honestly don’t know how things will pan out in the end. But one thing I do know is this: My attitude, my frame of mind, my way of thinking.. It is changing, right now. I refuse to remain unhappy, cowering in my disappointment alone. Why have a nasty attitude about the situation and the people causing my turmoil if it’s not hurting anyone but myself. I see no logic in that. I tried to scream aloud with the frown on my face, and my eyes glaring at her until she looked my way. But it didn’t work. She walked away without a care in the world, ignorant to my dismal. Ya see, there is just no point in remaining unhappy when I don’t have to be. It really is as simply as changing your thoughts from negative to positive. Mind over matter. Like Nike says, ‘Just do it’ and I say, Kick butt doin’ it!

You may be down, but you’re not meant to stay down. You are meant to rise above it all. So today, I encourage you to pick yourself up, dust yourself up, hold your head up high and make up in your heart and mind that you will keep moving forward. You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but do not give up, ever! A challenge always comes before the blessing.. think about it. ‘She got a hug, I got a handshake’…  But that was today. Nobody said that was going to be the case tomorrow. 

☮♡FloeticSoul

 

Thursday’s Words to Inspire: A New-Found Confidence


Be confident in God, and all that he has created you to be. You are more than potential. You are excellence. So excel. Strive to be the best that  you can be. You owe it to yourself, at the very least. – Floetic Soul

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Finally, the day has come. I believe I am ready to talk about this.. my new-found confidence.

So what am I talking about exactly? Well, as many of you may not know, all my life, I have struggled with low-self esteem. For as long as I can remember, I have been the queen of lacking confidence. And that is for one simple reason. I cared too much about what other people thought of me. People are entitled to their own thoughts, opinions and beliefs. And sometimes, there will be people who will label you and falsely accuse you. Thankfully, those things can never define you, unless you alone, give it the power to.

Your past mistakes help develop your potential, if you learn from them. The things that make you stand out, is the very thing that can set you apart and set you on top. Not everybody can be number one. Diversity is what makes this world an amazing place to live in, despite all the negativity (war, violence, hatred, etc.). 

Nineteen years is too long to live in doubt of self-worth and confidence. Not only that, but confidence happens to be the most attractive quality in a person per-say. So if some one is lacking confidence or could use and extra dosage, what should they do?

1. Look to God. Confide in him. He is you confidant. He knows you better than anyone else, because he created you. You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14, KJV).

2. Put your confidence in God, not in man. “It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man” (Psalms 118:8, KJV).  Trust in God, for who he has made you to be. Trust his plan for your life. Trust that he knows whats best for you. Trust that he will never leave you nor forsake you. Trust that he will hear and answer your prayers. Trust in all that he is and all that he can and will do for you!

3. Fake it till you make it. Sometimes you got to walk the walk even though you don’t feel it inside. There is no harm it faking it, because eventually, what you practice will become a habit. So habitually, you will be.. confident!

Truth is, if we try to remain confident on our own, it will never last. Have you ever met somebody who is outgoing, friendly, has a lot of friends, a lot of good things going for them and on top of that, they always seem to be happy and smiling, as if they never have a bad day?  Well, unless they are anything else other than human, they too have bad days.. Whether it’s a bad hair day, sick day, or just a day of lacking confidence… It happens.. to everybody.  So even they, need a new-found confidence. I’m not talking about a temporary confidence… Like, oh! I bought a new outfit, I’m confident cause I look good today and I got a lot of compliments.. I’m talking about an EVERLASTING CONFIDENCE. One that will never fade away. And yes, I do believe that this exists. 

Now, let me just clarify this a little bit more. When I talk about a new-found confidence, I’m not saying that a person won’t ever have a bad day, get their feelings/butt hurt, feel lonely, ugly, depressed or whatever… It’s going to happen sometimes. Let’s face it. However, it is a confidence that won’t break you. If someone calls you a name.. Initially, you may feel bad because you don’t want anyone to think negatively of you, especially if you really are innocent.. Nonetheless, whatever it is, won’t make you start believing and behaving as if you are whatever they said you are. A new-found confidence is a bullet proof confidence, where you don’t get offended and take it personal whenever someone comes against you.

More importantly, if you are a christian, standing strong-representing Jesus Christ, then the bible says that you will be persecuted for Christs sake (Matthew 5:11, KJV). This means that you will be tested and tried with your emotions and self-confidence. Once you know who you are in Christ, then you can truly come to know your self.. And how amazing you really are! Once we have attained a new-found confidence, then we can truly become all that God has intended for us to be. Until then, we will just remain a bundle of potential. We must become strong, steadfast and unmovable, just like we should be.

I have not yet fully attained a new-found confidence, but I must say, I am well on my way. I am not where I use to be, that’s for sure. I have been praying and asking God for confidence and courage. Thankfully, my prayers are being answered. So I know, it can work for you too. 

Prayer Starter: 

Father God, in the name of Jesus. Today, I want to thank you for all that you have created me to be. I ask you, to bless me with a new kind of confidence. Help me to trust you with my life and everything in it. Lead me, guide me, direct my paths. I pray to make the right decisions. It is my desire to be confident in you, and all that you have created me to be. Thank you for loving me and making me one of a kind. In Jesus name I pray, amen. 

Thanks for reading. 

Christian and Single? Surviving the Single Season Pt. 2


Surviving the Single Season 

Part 2. Stay Prayerful

medium_8110375866Being a Christian single is a journey. Often times, we find that it can be a lonely one. Being Christian, there is already a separation from the world. And to be single.. That is one less companion we can lean on. Though there are many of us that feel this way, we must realize that we are never truly alone. Besides having friends, family, coworkers and associates, we have God. He promises us in his word that he will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5, KJV). 

During the single season, it is our responsibility to draw close to God. Have you ever thought about the reason behind there being a single season? Yes, from the very beginning, God created Eve so Adam would not be alone. The Bible even tells us that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18, KJV). So what exactly is the purpose of a single season? I believe the number one  purpose of having a  season of singleness is so that we can strengthen our relationship with God.

Look at it this way.. The most important relationship you can ever build is a healthy, strong, thriving relationship with God. And why should we ever hesitate to do so? God is love. If we can get close to God, who is love himself, then when the time comes, we will recognize true love, because human love… Well, it’s easy to be deceived by human love. Love is a word used so loosely now-a-days, that it can easily be a cover-up description of lust and infatuation. I’m not saying this is always the case… But, in some cases, it is. Love is blinding remember?

So in your season of singleness, make it a priority to dedicate quality time, everyday, to spend with God. He loves it when we spend time with him; reading his word, meditating on his goodness, singing songs of praise and worship..adoration. And, when we are going through, he tells us clearly, to cast our cares upon him, because he cares about us (1 Peter 5:7, KJV). He cares, deeply, about what we are going through. Not only that, but when we do feel lonely or unloved? No body can understand us and how we feel, better than him. Now isn’t that someone you’d want to have a close relationship with?

Stay prayerful. Develop a love for reading Gods words and learning what his desire for you life is. Be willing to humble yourself and wait for God to answer your prayers, giving to you the desires of your heart. So join me this week, in making it a priority, to get closer to God. It doesn’t matter where your starting line begins.. Whether you start with reading your bible 10 minuets a day, praying before you eat, or an giving him an hour of your day, every day.. It doesn’t matter. As long as you make an effort to create a change in your relationship with him. He will honor you for doing so.

The single season is not always the exciting adventure of experiencing independence that some people make it out to be. Of course! Being single has its perks, even I can’t deny that. But, it can be a challenge sometimes. But it’s for a reason. Once the reason has been fulfilled, then you can move onto the next season. Trust God’s timing, and his perfect plan for your life.

May God Bless you as you continue on your journey..

☮♡FloeticSoul